Assistant Professor


Morris Council III is a native of Decatur, GA with a passion for social justice and equitable educational practices. He earned his B.S in Education and M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership both from Miami University and completed his Ph.D. in Special Education from The Ohio State University. Currently, Dr. Council serves as an assistant professor at the University of West Georgia in the department of Literacy and Special Education. His research interests include academic and social interventions for learners considered at-risk for academic failure and/or diagnosed with high incidence disabilities. His research also explores the intersections between evidence-based intervention and sociocultural approaches to education. Mr. Council is trained in Orton-Gillingham reading instruction at the basic and advanced levels, is a certified K-12 intervention specialist, and hold a P-12 physical education teaching license. In 2015, he won the Must Read Award at the 37th Annual International Conference on Learning Disabilities, and he has received numerous scholarships, fellowships, and grants throughout his career.

Education / Degrees

  • PhD, Special Education, The Ohio State University, 2016
  • Courses Taught
  • Course Sections and Syllabi

    Fall 2017 Sections

    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E01
    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E02

    Summer 2017 Sections

    • SPED-6766 (Basc Curulm & Mthds:Gen Curulm) Section: E01
    • SPED-7705 (Urban & Multicult Issues Sp Ed) Section: E01
    • SPED-8784 (Research Seminar) Section: E01

    Spring 2017 Sections

    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E01
    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E02
    • SPED-3761 (Mild Dis: Meth for Lit & SS) Section: 01
    • SPED-7782 (Direct Research Read Spec Ed) Section: E01
    • SPED-8783 (Readings in Research) Section: E02

    Fall 2016 Sections

    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E02
    • SPED-3715 (The Incl Classrm: Diff Inst) Section: E01
  • Publication List

    Council III, M., Gibson, L., Cartledge, G. (2017) Incorporating culturally relevant pedagogy with computer based technology. In L., Gibson & F., Obiakor (Eds.). Computer based technology for special and multicultural education: Enhancing 21st century learn

    Gardner III, R., & Council III, M., Watson, M. (2017) The role of literacy on the postsecondary opportunities of students with high incidence disabilities. In A. Ellis, (Eds.). Transitioning children with disabilities: From early childhood through adulthoo

    Bennett, J., Gardner III, R., Cartledge, G., Ramnath, R, & Council III, M., (2017). Second-grade urban learners: Preliminary findings for a computer-assisted, culturally relevant, repeated reading intervention. Education and Treatment of Children, 40(2), 1

    Council III, M., Cartledge, G., Barber, M., Green, D., Gardner III, R., (2016). Reducing risk through a supplementary reading intervention: Descriptive studies of first and second grade urban students. Behavioral Disorders, 41, 241–257.

    Cartledge, G., Keesey, S., Bennett, J., Ramnath, R., Council III, M. (2016). Culturally relevant literature: What matters most to primary-aged urban Learners. Reading & Writing Quarterly: Overcoming Learning Difficulties, 32, 399–426.

    Musti-Rao, S., Cartledge, G., Bennett, J. G., & Council III, M. (2015). Literacy instruction using technology with primary-age culturally and linguistically diverse learners. Intervention in School and Clinic, 50, 195–202.

    Council III, M., Robinson, L., Bennett III, R., & Moody, P. (2015). Black male academic support staff: Navigating the issues with Black student-athletes. In Black Males and Intercollegiate Athletics: An Exploration of Problems and Solutions. London: Emeral

    Gardner III, R., Lopes-Rizzi, G., & Council III, M. (2014). Improving educational outcomes for minority males in our schools. Interdisciplinary Journal of Teaching and Learning, 4(2), 81–94.